WeRide unveils Mini Robobus in Guangzhou to conduct test drives on Bio Island

( 01/27/2021 ) WeRide unveiled its Mini Robobus on Guangzhou International Bio Island, announcing the launch of its regular testing and reservation-based services to the public.

The commencement ceremony was attended by Peng Wei, Chairman of Guangzhou Public Transport Group NO.3 Bus Co., Ltd, Tony Han, Founder and CEO of WeRide, and government officials from the Huangpu District in Guangzhou.

WeRides’ Mini Robobus marks another significant breakthrough in autonomous-driving technologies to complement WeRide’s Robotaxi and expanding the scope of the company’s driverless products and applications.

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Commencement Ceremony for WeRide’s Mini Robobus

The Mini Robobus is designed for open urban roads and is an innovative smart vehicle using advanced L4 autonomous driving technologies to provide passengers with a safe, comfortable experience.

Created by WeRide and its strategic investor, Yutong Group, China’s leading commercial vehicle manufacturer and WeRide’s leading strategic investor, the Mini Robobus has all the required AD technology installed at the time of production. The Mini Robobus doesn’t have a steering wheel or pedal. Equipped with WeRide’s patented software and hardware the Mini Robobus is capable of safely and efficiently dealing with complex urban traffic conditions.

WeRide Mini Robobus

During the ceremony, WeRide and Guangzhou Public Transport Group NO.3 Bus Co., Ltd signed a strategic cooperation agreement to jointly research and cooperate on innovative operation modes for self-driving buses, to provide the public with convenient, intelligent bus services in the near future.

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WeRide and Guangzhou Public Transport Group NO.3 Bus Co., Ltd signing strategic cooperation agreement

Guangzhou Public Transport Group NO.3 Bus Co., Ltd is a key state-owned bus enterprise in Guangzhou, with 6,153 employees and 2,243 vehicles that carry more than 300 million passengers over 140 million kilometers every year. It is also the bus service provider on Guangzhou’s International Bio Island, where the Mini Robobus will first operate.

“WeRide boasts leading R&D capabilities in autonomous driving technologies and has gained extensive experience in AD mobility services through its fleet of innovative and publicly accessible Robotaxis. This strategic partnership will enable both sides to draw on each other’s strengths and rapidly promote innovation in self-driving buses, bringing to the industry and the public unprecedented new experiences in smart mobility,” said the bus company’s Chairman Peng Wei during the signing ceremony.

“Cooperation between the two companies will surely be another example of innovative AD eco-cooperation and application. It is our belief that the best way to successful implement autonomous driving is unremitting effort and innovation, consistent safety testing and operation, and the joint launch of open and compliant mobility services with our partners,” according to WeRide’s Tony Han.

Taking full advantage of its leading AD technologies and the Triangle business model, WeRide will accelerate the rollout of its Robotaxi and Mini Robobus in Guangzhou and more cities.

About WeRide

WeRide is a smart mobility company that develops leading L4 autonomous driving technologies in China. It is the first self-driving company to obtain strategic investment from top-tier global automakers, which include Alliance Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi and Yutong Group, as well as the first in China and second in the world to obtain an official permit to test fully driverless cars on public roads.

Since its inception, WeRide has utilized strategic alliances among AI technology companies, car makers and mobility service platforms in order to achieve the goal of commercialized autonomous driving. WeRide launched the first ever publicly accessible Robotaxi service in the first-tier Chinese city of Guangzhou in November 2019, covering an area of 144 square kilometers in Huangpu District and Guangzhou Development District. In June, 2020, WeRide’s Robotaxi service became available to the public through Amap, a popular ride-hailing mobile app in China, thus entering a more mature market. A total of 147,128 trips were completed for more than 60,000 passengers during the first year of WeRide Robotaxi services.

Established in 2017, WeRide is headquartered in Guangzhou, China, and maintains R&D and operation centers in Beijing, Shanghai and Anqing, as well as San Jose in the USA. It employs a highly skilled team and has extensive domestic and international experience in R&D, business models and business operations.